With winter weather on the horizon, the university is preparing for the possibility of inclement weather delays and closures. Decisions to close all non-essential university operations will be posted on the JMU website and broadcast via text and email alerts. Most university employees are considered "non-designated" employees and are not required to work when the university is closed. However, to continue to provide services to students, some positions are considered "designated" and these employees must report to work when the university is officially closed due to inclement weather or other emergency conditions. Designated employees earn compensatory leave for hours worked up to the maximum number of hours of their normal work shifts. Hours worked over the normally-scheduled shift will be compensated in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the excess time worked (i.e., overtime leave earned), provided employees are in a non-exempt classification. When inclement weather or other emergency conditions create transportation difficulties that result in an employee’s late arrival, supervisors may authorize up to two hours of such lost time as an authorized absence not charged as leave. Supervisors should decide each case on its own merits. Any hours worked by non-designated employees during an authorized closing will be paid and not credited with compensatory leave.
Please review JMU Policy 1309-University Closings, Class Cancellations and Exam Postponements Due to Inclement Weather or Emergencies to learn more regarding closing decisions, the cancellation of classes, the difference between designated and non-designated staff, and compensation for hours worked during an inclement weather closure.
2019 Pension Plan Limits Increase
The IRS recently announced Pension Plan limits for 2019. Effective with the 2019 calendar year, elective contribution limits for 403(b) and 457 plans will increase to $19,000/year, an increase from the current $18,500/year limit. The catch-up limit for employees over the age of 50 remains an additional $6,000/year. If you would like to make a change to your current contributions, please complete the Salary Reduction Agreement and return to email@example.com. The change in contributions will become effective January 1, 2019. If you contribute to the 457 plan and wish to make a change to your current contributions, please log into your account or contact ICMA-RC Investor Services at 1-877-327-5261, Option 1. The change will become effective the first of the next month after you make the change; therefore, for your change to be effective January 1, 2019, please make any contribution changes during the month of December. If you have questions regarding the plan limit changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-568-3593.
Spring 2019 Tuition Waiver Request Deadline Reminder
Tuition Waiver Requests must be received in Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. of the add/drop date. With Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks approaching, this is your reminder to get your waiver requests in early so you’re not rushing around when we return in January.
Spring 2019 deadlines are:
Semester / 1st Block January 7, 2019
2nd Block March 11, 2019
Waivers received after their respective deadline will not be accepted and you will be responsible for paying your full tuition. The Request for Waiver of Tuition form may be found here.
Our goal with the Benefits Broadcast is to feature a specific benefit each month. This month’s featured benefit is...
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP is a confidential information, support, and referral service offering tools and resources designed to help maximize productivity and meet the challenges of modern life. EAP services are available to employees and their household members enrolled in the state health plans. The EAP includes up to four sessions at no charge for services such as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling, legal services, and financial services. Areas frequently addressed by the EAP include:
Child care and parenting
Helping aging parents
Work and career
Addiction and recovery
Wellness and prevention
Concierge and convenience services
Interested in learning more about the resources available through the EAP? If so, contact your health insurance plan’s Member Services Department.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (COVA Care & COVA HDHP Plans)
Member Services: 1-855-223-9277
Aetna (COVA HealthAware Plan)
Member Services: 1-888-238-6232
Need to Talk with an Expert?
Did you know that every month, company representatives for your benefits are here on campus in the Wine-Price Building? Below is a list of upcoming dates where you could talk with an expert:
November 27 – CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union, Melissa Bohl, email@example.com
November 29 – LegalShield, Ken Roebuck, firstname.lastname@example.org
November 30 – LegalShield, Ken Roebuck, email@example.com
December 3 – TIAA-Wealth Management, Antoinette Lucas, Antoinette.firstname.lastname@example.org
December 4 – FIRM, American Funds 529 Plans, Phil Harris, email@example.com
December 5 – CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union, Melissa Bohl, firstname.lastname@example.org
December 5 – Aflac, Boyd Glover, email@example.com
December 6 – ICMA-RC 457 Accounts and DCP, Steven McGregor, https://icmarc.secure.force.com/events?SiteId=a0lf1000006PZtzAAG
December 11 – TIAA, Christian Pechuekonis, Christian.firstname.lastname@example.org
December 12 – TIAA-Wealth Management, Lisa Dieter, Lisa.email@example.com
December 13 – Valic, Rob Lankard, Rob.firstname.lastname@example.org
December 14 – Fidelity, Paul Vutiprichar, Punchai.email@example.com
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